CSIRO has announced that Professor Paul Bertsch has been named as the new Chief of its Land and Water division.


CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Megan Clark, said that Professor Bertsch was chosen from an outstand field of national and international science leaders.


“Paul has a track record at the highest level in research, research leadership, and collaboration with industry and government,” Dr Clark said.

“I congratulate Paul on his appointment and I personally look forward to his contribution as a scientist and leader in a research area so important to Australia and humanity.”


Professor Bertsch said he has long admired the Australian research enterprise and CSIRO, and looks forward to leading one of the Organisation’s largest divisions with more than 500 staff based at nine laboratories around Australia.

“The research activities in the Division of Land and Water are central to a sustainable future for Australia,” Professor Bertsch said.

“Soil and water resources are at the nexus of every major global grand challenge from climate change, food and water security, to biodiversity and the function of natural, managed and built ecosystems.


Professor Bertsch will assume his role at the end of February next year and will be based at the Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.